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As COVID-19 Challenged Almost Every Industry, Appalachian Cottage Producers Found Ways to Thrive


When Charles and Vicky Grubb purchased their historic Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home in 2004, they never could’ve predicted it’d become the center of their business nearly a decade later.
In 2012, the husband and wife team discovered their passion for creating decadent chocolates and have turned that passion into a way to support themselves financially, specifically to help pay for their daughter’s dream to study dance in Australia. Named for her, Hannahbug’s Chocolates is doing better than ever, the Grubbs say, even after the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have to say that the timing for the cottage bakery law couldn’t have been better because that helped set the stage for us and other cottage bakeries out there,” Charles said. 

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